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Written by Scott Brown and TK   

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(1) Scott Brown:

Legendary Bristolian dance duo Way Out West are all set to launch We Love Machine on 6 October, 2009 through label Hope Recordings.

It's their first LP since 2004 and only their fourth in sixteen years of partnership.  Fans will be pleased to know that their loosely ethereal blend of trance and house, spun together around wispy vocals and synthy melodies, is every bit the flavour of Way Out West they have come to know.  True enough, the standards of production and musical styling have the hallmarks of DJs Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren's long service on the world's dancefloors.  However, after trying to enthuse a positive response to their latest release, I couldn't help drifting away from this album.

It's good, and just as commercially potent as any of their previous releases, but it lacks an edge.  It's now 2009 and their sound seems flatly conventional.  I wanted to picture myself bopping away on a packed dancefloor to these tunes, just as legions of clubbers have done for the past decade and a half.

Instead, I found myself in a half empty cocktail bar wondering where the party had gone.  The track "Surrender" caught me in its groove for a while, but nothing truly stood out about this album.  This is very well made but standard issue stuff.  Middle of the road.


(2) TK

Progressive-house darlings Way Out West's forth album has been eagerly anticipated for a number of years now.  The brainchilds behind Way Out West, ultra-talented DJs Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren, do not fail to deliver another collection of songs which feature not only progressive-house roots but also a mix of breaks, synth and vocals.  

"We Love Machine" is, in the main, fairly down-tempo.  Overall, the sound is more akin to Way Out West's past-classic "The Fall" than "The Gift". 

First-up tune "We Love Machine" kick-starts the album with a fine mix of synth and breaks.  "Only Love", the first single released from the album, begins with lingering vocal undertones set amongst groovy breaks, which soon gives way to a soaring repeated chorus.  It is a good-times song; semi-vocal-house, if you will.

The album then progresses towards slightly darker roots, which arguably peaks with the starkly beautiful vocals and funky drums of "Surrender" before lifting in mood again with "Survival", which features a captivating-chorus and prominent-strings, and the sassy "Tail of the Rabid Monks". 

"We Love Machine", like the very best electronic albums, is an eclectic affair.  Way Out West has again created an album which is assessible to not only general electronic-music fans, but also punters who demand a record with some guts.  


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